George Caulkin delivers reassuring Newcastle takeover update


Supporters continue to face an anxious wait as a decision over Newcastle United's takeover

News broke over three months ago about a prospective £300million deal to buy the club, meaning that the fans have been on tenterhooks ever since.

Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, with just one final test standing in their way.

The club are currently waiting on a verdict from the Premier League as to whether the £300million deal can go ahead.

There's been plenty of speculation as to why such a delay has occurred.

While it's the Premier League who need to make their decision on whether the owners are suitable to take over a top flight club, some have suggested that the buying party could be getting cold feet over a deal.

However according to George Caulkin of The Athletic, that's not the case.

Asked if he's been in touch with Staveley's camp, Caulkin said: "Yes I have, but it’s not their decision.

"They’ve thought they’ve known a few times along the way and they haven’t been right."

Discussing the Premier League's process, he added: "They’re working their way through it.

"The buyers want to buy, Ashley wants to sell to them.

"It’s about getting it to a position where that can happen, with all the surrounding issues like piracy."


GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

While patience is obviously key during such uncertain times, you can hardly blame the Newcastle United fans for growing restless.

For many, a potential announcement of a full takeover is exactly what they’ve been wishing for several years while enduring a turbulent reign under Mike Ashley.

The Sports Direct owner has been a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside, and that’s why talk of interest from the Saudi-based consortium is such a hot topic of conversation.

But Newcastle fans must still be cautious.

If anyone knows what it’s like to see their club owned by an unpopular figure, it’s Newcastle United fans.

That’s why they must remain patient – after all, the last thing they want is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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